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Joseph Pilates Quotes


 “Pilates is the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit”

Joseph Pilates’ attitude towards whole-body health is apparent in the movements he taught to his clients. Coordinating between breath and spine stabilization, while simultaneously moving arms and legs, connects the brain to a physical full-body workout. You will find an unlimited source of benefits in Pilates including stress relief, increased strength, corrected alignment, improved cognitive abilities, and enhanced mood.

 “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”

This refers to Joe’s dedicated clients that would come in to see him at least 3-4 times a week. Often, “feeling better” is what gets us hooked on Pilates! In just 10 sessions, your muscles feel stronger, your body feels more aligned, and your mind feels clear and stress-free. After 20 sessions, you may notice muscle definition and fit better into your jeans (which is always a good excuse for a new outfit!). After 30 dedicated sessions with your awesome instructor, you’ll be moving better, feeling better, and living better. Pilates will translate to the other aspects of your life, and keep you healthy and strong for years to come.

 “Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and lose all vital benefits”

This quote is why having a comprehensively-trained instructor is so vital to what we give our members. We want to make sure that you feel safe during your exercises and are getting the most out of the movements as possible. With proper training, your body will improve much more quickly in all aspects of body, mind and spirit.

 “Change happens through movement, and movement heals”

There are countless individuals, including our own Club Pilates members, with amazing rehabilitation stories. Pilates truly is for everyBODY. The low-impact nature of the exercise and the endless amounts of variations offered, allow individuals with limits to strengthen their bodies. Many who suffer back injury, health complications, or restricted movement find a healing in Pilates that exceeds every other option.

 “Everyone is the architect of their own happiness”

If you are willing to commit and be dedicated to your practice, you will find an endless supply of benefits. You, and only you, can decide to make time for your health.

 “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”

Through modern studies, we now find that Joseph Pilates was correct in his notion that fitness can directly increase our mood. During exercise, your body releases endorphins that cause you to relax and feel at ease. Moving beyond the hour in the studio, Pilates will help you feel better all day, which leads you to perform at your best and positively react to life’s obstacles.

 “Breathing is the first act of life and the last, our very life depends on it”

If we are living, we are breathing.  It is the most vital aspect to our existence.  Unfortunately, we tend to hold our breath during stressful situations, when carrying heavy loads, or even during our exercises. Learning proper breathing with Pilates will move you to your full capacity, relieve stress and tension, engage various muscles, and correct body alignment.

 “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young”

Your spine and overall health directly correlate to how young you move and feel. Luckily, Pilates targets this area with such a focus that members have been known to increase range of motion and even increase in height just by correcting their spine alignment.

 “By all means, never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can”

Joseph Pilates could often be found outdoors performing his exercises or enjoying the neighborhood. At Club Pilates, we believe that Pilates is not about the one hour a day you spend in the studio, it’s about the other 23 hours you spend performing daily activities better. And though you may have a busy schedule, never fail to reward some time to yourself- because you deserve it.

 “Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things”

It’s never too late to start. Whether you’re a grandparent, an active athlete, or a young teen, Pilates is for you. With multiple variations and modifications, this workout can be applied to every individual no matter the age or activity level. Even if you have never tried a workout class before, your caring instructors will be there for you every step of the way.

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